Actors Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane from the film Boyhood. Photo Contributed
Actors Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane from the film Boyhood. Photo Contributed Contributed

Bundaberg cinephiles must wait

BOYHOOD, the critically acclaimed film from American writer/director Richard Linklater starring Ethan Hawke is coming to a theatre near you.

Unless you happen to live in Bundaberg.

Unfortunately for local cinephiles the film will not be screened until late October as part of a Sydney Film Festival screening at the Moncrieff Theatre and only for a limited time.

Boyhood opened in limited release across Australia last week but according to the film's website is only being shown at 10 cinemas across Queensland.

The film can be described as a fictional drama made with the same group of actors over a 12-year period from 2002-2013 and follows six-year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he deals with life and all its complexities as well as posing questions about growing up and parenting.

The film has garnered universal praise and on movie aggregate website Metacritic has a rating approval of 100% and a rating approval of 99% on website Rotten Tomatoes.

Linklater's filmography includes classics such as Slacker, Dazed and Confused and the Before trilogy of films - Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight all three starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

Moncrieff Theatre publicity officer Maria Achurch said limited release or independent movies were harder to sell than a Hollywood blockbuster which was why they sometimes didn't get a showing in Bundaberg.

"We used to screen a lot of foreign films here but we don't get enough backsides on seats," she said.

"We do have people that come to us to see a limited release film but that isn't the majority of people in this community."

A Universal Pictures spokeswoman said it was proud to be the distributor of Boyhood.

"Should sufficient demand exist, additional locations will be added to the release over the coming weeks and months," she said.

"If they feel strongly enough, consumers are encouraged to let their local cinema know of their desire to see the film as soon as possible."

For more information about the Moncrieff Theatre screening of Boyhood phone 4130 4100.